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JWST Reveals Best Infrared View Of The Carina Nebula Ever

We have never seen this nebula like this before!

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Dr. Alfredo Carpineti

Senior Staff Writer & Space Correspondent

clockJul 12 2022, 15:31 UTC
The cosmic cliffs of the Carina Nebula. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI
The cosmic cliffs of the Carina Nebula. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI

This is JWST's historic first view of the Carina Nebula, one of the brightest and largest nebulae in the sky. This incredible structure is a stellar nursery, among its wisps and clouds new stars are being born, and JWST has the power to see them clearly. The nebula is located 7,500 light-years from Earth.

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The JWST image focuses on a region known as the cosmic cliffs, a "coast line" made of vast strand of gas and dust where star formation is happening against a blue ocean of background stars. 

Find out more about this image and see all the historic images released today here


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